According to the divorce documents, Vicki, 48, married Donn in 1994. The two have no children together while Vicki’s has two children from a previous marriage — Michael, 23, and Briana, 22.
This news doesn’t come as the biggest surprise as the Gunvalsons have been shown experiencing marital problems on the Bravo hit show, though they attempted to make things work by renewing their vows back in July of 2009.
Vicki was also photographed kissing a college student earlier this year, something she described as just fun and not cheating. Vicki’s co-star and BFF on the show, Tamra Barney, also left her husbandSimon Barneyback in January.
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UPDATE – The 6th season of the Real Housewives of OC is currently filming so this will likely be on the show.
UPDATE #2 – Castmate Alexis Bellino spoke to RadarOnline stating she is surprised by the divorce news. “This is totally unexpected, I really didn’t see it coming,” Alexis told Radar.“I’ve spent a great deal of time with them and they seemed very content with one another.” Alexis added – “Reality TV is hard on any marriage, and I will be praying for their family during this trying time.”
According to RadarOnline, in the court documents which Tamra used to obtain a temporary restraining order against Simon, she alleges she suffered longtime physical and verbal abuse in his hands.
The court documents, issued in an Orange County courtroom September 23, allege that Simon physically assaulted her repeatedly during their 11-year marriage, as “his angry outbursts occurred, and continue to occur in the presence of our children.”
It doesn’t end there as Tamra states she did not break her silence on the alleged abuse until now because she “wrongfully believed that maybe these violent acts could be rationalized, and also due to embarrassment [she] did not report these instances of physical abuse in the past.”
In the docs, Tamra also alleges that last August, Simon told their 4-year-old daughter he wanted to change his cell phone ring tone to the sound of howling dogs for any calls he would receive from her mother.
As reported over the weekend, the Orange County DA’s office has decided to drop the domestic violence charges against Simon due to lack of sufficient evidence. You can read what Simon had to say following that news here.
I don’t like to add my opinion on these types of stories, and from reading the previous comments, it seems a lot of people are split when it comes to who they believe. I’ve made it clear over the years that Tamra is one of my least favorite housewives but I must say I’m more inclined to believe her side in this. Why? Well, mainly based on Simon’s behavior on the last season of the OC Housewives. His very controlling behavior just seems to fall in line with that of abusers, but who knows?
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The OC Register is reporting today that the Orange County District Attorney’s Office has decided to drop the domestic violence charges against Simon Barney due to a lack of sufficient evidence.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star and estranged husband of Tamra Barney was arrested early Tuesday morning on domestic violence charges. Tamra called the cops on Simon after alleging he threw a plastic dog leash at her during an argument.
According to the OC Register, the case was submitted to the O.C. District Attorney’s Office on Friday morning. It was reviewed and the DA’s office ultimately declined to file charges.
“It just shows that justice is blind, but it’s not stupid,” said Simon to the Register on Friday. “It’s not gullible, and it’s not persuaded by fame.”
Simon issued a statement on Wednesday denying the allegations, claiming Tamra made up the story in an attempt to get sole custody of their three children together. Simon alleged Tamra’s motivation was the fact that he refused to allow Bravo cameras to film their kids.
Simon also told the OC Register on Friday that Tamra’s allegations were motivated by jealousy. “Tammy ran into my new girlfriend,” he said, adding that he’s been dating her for about two months.
As we reported yesterday, Tamra was granted a temporary restraining order against Simon, banning him from getting within 100 feet of her and limiting the time he can spend their kids. As part of the restraining order, Simon was forced to hand in his firearm to law enforcement authorities.
Tamra is however denying Simon’s accusations via a text message to the Register. The “network has never put pressure on Simon to have the kids on the show … Ever! And Bravo is not happy he is saying that! They simply asked if the kids could be on the main title shoot last week and he said ‘NO’ and they said ‘thank you’.”
She continued, “I did not want the kids on the show this year unless it was a situation where me, Simon and the kids were doing something together as a family. Just cuz your [sic] divorcing doesn’t mean you we do not attend our childrens activities together… It breaks my heart that he has acted that way in front of the children and I hope he gets the help he needs to control his anger. I never wanted him arrested. The cops made that decision for me.”
Simon adds that Tamra is lying. “I don’t want to be part of the show, part of the media; I want to go on with my life,” he said. “I don’t want any part of fame. It’s destructive. It’s a drug. I’m still the same person I was five years ago.”
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According to Radar, the restraining order bans Simon from coming within 100 feet of her and limits the time he can spend with their three children.
“She filed a temporary restraining order and the judge approved it,” reveals a source close to Tamra. “Simon can’t go within 100 feet of her and he can see the kids two nights a week and every other weekend.”
Simon and Tamra have three children together: : Sidney, 10, Spencer, 9, and Sophia, 4. Simon responded to the allegations yesterday, citing his refusal to allow their children to film for the Bravo reality show as the reason for Tamra’s actions.
In other news, Tamra recently posed topless for the NOH8 campaign alongside new beau Eddie Judge. Those photos of Tamra below -
In a statement released, via the OC Register, Simon, 46, denies any wrong doing and cites his refusal to allow his children to film for the 6th season of the Real Housewives of Orange County, as the sole reason Tamra decided to call the cops on him. Simon also alleges Tamra is now trying to get sole custody of their three children together.
Simon’s statement is below -
“There are a lot of rumors and speculation about the events of September 20th. I am confident and have faith that the truth will come out in the courts instead of the media. This incident was a setup by my ex-wife and she is already using it to make a claim for 100% custody of our children. It stems primarily from me refusing permission for our children to be filmed on her reality show, ‘Real Housewives of Orange County.’
Recently my ex-wife and the production company have pressured me to allow the children to be filmed. I have always refused because I don’t believe it is in our children’s best interest to be exploited in this way. This has not set well with my ex-wife. If she succeeds in obtaining 100% custody, she will then be able to give permission for the children to be filmed even though I object.
I have never been a danger to either my ex-wife or our children, as she has recently claimed. As so many people know, I love our children more than anything in the world. To me, it is tragic that any parent would go to such extreme measures as using custody to allow their children to be filmed on a reality program. I pray for my ex wife and our children all the time.”
According to the OC Register, Simon answered “No” when asked if he threw a plastic dog leash at Tamra. As we reported yesterday, Tamra is already working to get a restraining order against Simon.
“Apparently Simon went to his ex-wife’s home to return the dog he was watching,” Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amorminotells PEOPLE. “According to the victim, he threw a retractable dog leash at her, she lifted her arm in a defensive move, and it struck her wrist.”
Radar is also reporting this morning that Tamra is planning to get a restraining order against Simon.
According to Radar, Tamra showed up to the courthouse Tuesday afternoon, alongside boyfriend Eddie Judgeand Bravo cameras, to inquire about filing a restraining order against Simon.
When asked to give a comment regarding the domestic dispute, Tamra said “I can’t talk about it right now, maybe later.” Tamra however nodded yes when asked is she planned of filing a restraining order.
In addition to Tamra’s court appearance, a “source” tells RadarOnline she plans of filing the restraining order sometime this week. Judging by the fact that Bravo cameras followed Tamra to the courthouse, it’s safe to assume we will be watching this drama unfold on the 6th season of the Real Housewives of OC.
As for what led to the violent altercation, Radar reveals the argument had to do with Tamra planning a birthday party for one of their kids at her house. Despite inviting Simon to the party, he apparently felt she should have chosen a more neutral location.
The altercation took place Monday night as Simon was returning their small dog back to Tamra’s house (the two share custody of the dog). A source tells Radar that Simon “was angry and threw the leash at her and hit her with it.” The source adds that “their kids were in the house and started crying. It was a bad scene.”
Tamra, who has been dating Eddie Judgefor months now, felt that Simon went too far. “The leash hit Tamra. She wasn’t sure what to do,” says the source. “But she knew she couldn’t tolerate the violence. She called the cops.”
Simon is scheduled to be arraigned today. He is expected to enter a plea to the charge. TMZ is also reporting that Simon is still in police custody. His mugshot is below. The sixth season of the Real Housewives of OC is currently filming, though Simon will no longer be a part of the show.
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Pictured above is Peggy Tanous and husband Micah Tanous on their wedding day. Radar is reporting the Alexis Bellino clone Peggy has joined the cast and has even began filming scenes with the other housewives.
Oddly enough, Peggy is said to be a friend of Alexis Bellinowith insiders describing her as being “truthful and blunt” and someone “who always tell it the way it is.”
Peggy’s husband, Micah, is described as being an internet entrepreneur. Peggy and Micah have two daughters together.
According to Radar, Peggy will be joining existing cast members Vicki Gunvalson, Gretchen Rossi, Tamra Barney and Alexis Bellino. Lynne Curtin’s name was left out of the list, could she be off the show? Only time will tell.